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thomas didn't feel much better this morning. so we decided to let him drive inside the truck, giving his bike to robert.
we left before noon and rode the first 150 kilometers without any incident.
then the first thing that happened was good new, or lets say nice news: my bike completed 50'000 km on the road!!! happy roadday!
the second thing that happened was bad news: a loud blow and white smoke coming from andys bike. i remember him saying "i just have to get it down to dakar, where there is a good repair shop..." - almost did it. the bike already started to have problems in mauritania and made it all the way down here, only to break down 100 km before arriving at its destination.
we loaded the bike onto the truck and continued our journey into dakar.
we found a diveschool at the beach whos owner, after heavy discussions, let us stay in their rooms for a bargain. the tourist season hasn't started yet, and i guess he was happy to have some guest.
before diner i accompanied thomas to a clinic. he was having high fever and felt weak and tired. he looked pale when he left the clinic after half an hour: the doctor had told him that he had malaria... he was in panic!
i asked him whether they had tested his blood and he said no. i then tried to calm him down, explaining him, that you need a blood sample in order to diagnose malaria and that there could be hundreds of other reasons for his fever. understandibly, he was still worried.
we decided that he would find another clinic tomorrow and insist on a blood test.